Today I am using the Beautiful Mermaids stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp September card kit again.
I started with a piece of Canson watercolor paper taped down to a board. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint a really simple background using color numbers 37, 139, and 66. Once I had the background painted and it had dried completely I started doing an interesting texture technique. I added a bunch of dots of Glossy Accents to the panel and then went over them with a flat paintbrush. I made sure to not spread out the Glossy Accents completely flat and instead left streaks of texture. It is a really fun way to add a subtle and interesting detail.
Next I stamped one of the mermaids onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink. I colored in the mermaid using my Arteza Real Brush Pens. For the skin I used the color Pale Skin. For the hair I used the colors Pale Green, Shamrock Green, and Turtle Green, On the tail I used the same colors that I used for the hair along with some Acid Yellow. Finally for the bikini, the star, and the headband I used Acid Yellow and Honey. I then fussy cut the mermaid out with scissors.
I popped up my watercolor background onto a card base and then added dashed lines to the edge with a white gel pen. I also popped up my mermaid so she is facing the light source in the background. I picked out a sentiment from the stamp set which says "Make a wish upon a starfish." I stamped that onto some white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp clear embossing ink and then embossed it with a gold embossing powder. I used my ATG gun to adhee my sentiment strip onto some vellum and then popped up the sentiment on the card.
For the finishing touches I added a bunch of details and highlights to the mermaid with my gel pen. I also added a mixture of clear and white sequins to the background using my Tombow glue. Finally I added a bunch of Wink of Stella glitter to the mermaid.